Asbury Methodist Village (AMV) is proud to be a 2011 winner of the Alliance for Workplace Excellence’s “Workplace Excellence” and “Health and Wellness Trailblazer” awards. This organization has recognized the Washington, D.C., area’s best places to work for the past 12 years, creating the awards to highlight businesses promoting professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, home and in the community.
Health and wellness also factor prominently in the vision and core values of AMV. “We’ve been on a five-year journey to create a culture of wellness that enriches life. Each day I see examples of associates taking this challenge to heart,” says Cathy Moxley, Director of Fitness at AMV. “Our Working on Wellness (WOW! ) program is now into its fourth year. The program has an extraordinary participation level, and numerous examples of associates who have changed their lives through healthier habits. This year, the program has been expanded to include spouses of our associates.”
“As a person-centered hospitality and health care operation serving more than 1,300 individuals 60 or better, Asbury Methodist Village’s 850 dedicated associates remain our greatest asset,” says David Denton, executive director of AMV. “We are continually looking for ways to create and sustain an exceptional work environment that honors our mission of promoting relationships that celebrate a balanced and fulfilling lifestyle for those we serve, and those we serve with.”
WOW! was born out of the realization that as they age, Americans in general become more concerned about their health and wellness. In response, Asbury Communities, Inc., and its five residential campuses began emphasizing wellness services to its associates through annual health and wellness fairs, “Biggest Loser” contests, Weight Watchers classes and walking clubs. WOW! formally kicked off in 2008 after a Wellness Network Team was charged with creating a program that would unify such efforts going on throughout Asbury’s entire system.
All applicants for the Alliance in Workplace Excellence awards undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, Ph.D. professionals, and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology and human resources.